President Harry S. Truman, the Democratic presidential nominee in the election of 1948, was widely forecast to lose by a large margin to Republican nominee Thomas E. Dewey. This cartoon shows the prevailing public opinion of the time, just days before the election took place. Despite several polls predicting a landslide victory for Dewey, Truman won the election in one of the biggest political upsets in U.S. history.
Running for Office: Candidates, Campaigns, and the Cartoons of Clifford Berryman includes forty-four facsimile prints of exceptional pen-and-ink drawings that highlight timeless aspects of the American campaign and election process. Although faces and personalities change, Berryman’s cartoons illustrate how the political process in our democracy has remained remarkably consistent. The cartoons provide relevant commentary and fascinating insight into the campaigns and elections of today.
Running for Office was created by the National Archives with the support of the Foundation for the National Archives and organized for travel by Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.
View the National Archives Running for Office exhibition page.
|Content||44 framed facsimile prints|
1 title panel
1 credit panel
9 text panels
|Space Requirements||220–250 linear feet of wall space|
|Shipping Weight and Dimensions||Travels in 5 wooden crates:|
|Rental Period||6 weeks|
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A specified number of print materials are provided with this exhibition at no additional cost. Additional copies of these materials may be obtained for a nominal fee:
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